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“A people not prepared to face its own history cannot manage to face its own future” - Karl Heinz Hansen, German politician

Founded in 1917, the Department attracts top-class academics. It has been led by several eminent intellectuals and seminal thinkers on South African society. These include  W M Macmillan and J S Marais.  

Over the past few decades, the  Department has developed a focus on the social history of Africa Simultaneously it has maintained its traditional expertise in world history. The Department offers a wide variety of units taught by some of the world’s leading Africanists and Europeanists. 

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